Talon Film Podcast

The Talon Film Podcast

with Beck Westrem

If you like movies, join Beck as he reviews everything from new releases to classics, interviews special guests and alerts you to new and unusual screenings around the Twin Cities.


Season 2 with host Dylan Lennick (‘26)

Season 2, Episode 1:



Season 1 with host Beck Westrem (‘21)

Season 1, Bonus Episode: Christopher Nolan films

Tuviah Elder joins the podcast to share his thoughts about Christopher Nolan’s recent blockbuster Tenet and his 2008 Batman-classic The Dark Knight.

Season 1, Episode 5: Arne Christiansen

Beck speaks with graduating senior Arne Christiansen about what makes a good film and what he looks for when he watches movies. In the fall, Arne will be studying film production at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

Arne had six recent film projects screened at the EDU Film Festival on May 29, 2020. Here are two:

Season 1, Episode 4: The Oscars in review, part 2 — Parasite, Best Picture winner

Beck talks with Annika Johnson about Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. It was also nominated for Editing and Production Design.


Season 1, Episode 3: 21st-Century Westerns

Feeling cooped up during your quarantine? Guests Eli Guarnera and Ethan Lessard discuss Westerns (The Revenant & Django Unchained) you can stream at home to help cure that. You can also read Beck’s review of the genre, The Evolution of the Western.

Season 1, Episode 2: The Oscars in review, part 1 — three movies nominated for Best Picture

With everyone stuck at home during the coronavirus quarantine, the next few episodes offer some ideas for movies to stream. Focusing on Best Picture nominees from last month’s Oscars, Beck talks about 1917 with Dylan Kiratli, Joker with Michael DiNardo, and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood with Tommy Olson.


Season 1, Episode 1: Nicholas Freeman and A24’s Eighth Grade

In the first episode of The Talon Film Podcast, Beck with Minnehaha Academy film teacher and theater director Nicholas Freeman about his career in film, acting and teaching. They discuss the 2018 film Eighth Grade. Beck reviewed the film and two others from the indie studio A24 in the Dec. 13, 2019 issue of The Talon newspaper.